The snarki­est su­per­hero of them all kicks ass af­ter ass af­ter ass.

Wade in full

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Contents - James White

re­leased 4 June (down­load)/ 13 June (Blu-ray/dVd) 2015 | 15 | Blu-ray/dVd/down­load Di­rec­tor Tim Miller Cast ryan reynolds, Morena Bac­carin, TJ Miller, ed skrein, Gina Carano

That Dead­pool ex­ists as a movie at all is a mi­nor mir­a­cle, given that the fourth wall-break­ing, rule-punch­ing anti-su­per­hero was long con­sid­ered to be un­filmable. Still, 11 years of tor­tured de­vel­op­ment later, it has fi­nally emerged as close to per­fectly formed as fans of the char­ac­ter could have hoped. That dif­fi­cult birth seems to have helped make the film what it is, as di­rec­tor Tim Miller, writ­ers Paul Wer­nick and Rhett Reese, and star/pro­ducer Ryan Reynolds honed the con­cept, pol­ished the script and co­erced their way to a ver­sion of Dead­pool that doesn’t skimp on his filth­ier, fun­nier side.

Miller, mak­ing his di­rect­ing de­but af­ter toil­ing away in the ef­fects and per­for­mance-cap­ture world, has an eye for vis­ual flair but keeps things from turn­ing into an empty spec­ta­cle, while stretch­ing the lim­ited bud­get to an out­ra­geous de­gree.

Mean­while, the char­ac­ter of cocky, cancer-rid­den as­sas­sin Wade Wil­son and the mu­tant he be­comes fits Reynolds al­most as per­fectly as his suit, and the quip-to-punch ra­tio is high. We’d al­ready seen a wa­tered-down Wade Wil­son in X-Men Ori­gins: Wolver­ine, but this movie wipes the slate clean and, when not mock­ing that wasted at­tempt, re­minds the world that Dead­pool can ac­tu­ally work when you em­brace the man and his mad­ness. Even the meta-ref­er­enc­ing of comic book tropes and his own pres­ence in a film suc­ceeds for the most part; when Dead­pool’s quip­ping about whether James McAvoy or Pa­trick Ste­wart is play­ing Pro­fes­sor X or re­mark­ing that the studio couldn’t af­ford more than two X-Men char­ac­ters, it all feels of a piece in­stead of pulling you out of the plot.

Sur­round­ing Reynolds is a well-cho­sen cast, in­clud­ing Fire­fly’s Morena Bac­carin as Wade flame Vanessa, who proves more than a match for our hero; Ed Skrein as Ajax, a de­sen­si­tised vil­lain with an evil agenda; and Gina Carano as Angel Dust, a mute brute with the sort of strength that can even over­come towering X-hero Colos­sus. Plus, for added comic re­lief, we have Weasel, played by TJ Miller, fi­nally used to full comic ef­fect in a live-ac­tion film (yes, we’re look­ing at you, Trans­form­ers: Age Of Ex­tinc­tion). Then there’s Bri­anna Hildebrand, whose Ne­ga­sonic Teenage War­head doesn’t get much to do, but still man­ages to break out of the usual moody side­kick schtick.

The story is help­fully kept to a man­age­able tale of vengeance in­stead of the usual overblown world-in-peril stakes, which al­lows us to fo­cus on Wade and his charis­matic be­hav­iour, which is less morally du­bi­ous and more set­ting a book about ethics on fire and then pee­ing on it to douse the flames. Yes, this movie is ju­ve­nile, puerile, bod­ily func­tion-ob­sessed and bloody, and it def­i­nitely won’t ap­peal to ev­ery­one, but it’s Dead­pool; de­fi­antly dif­fer­ent while man­ag­ing to find some­thing new to say in the crowded su­per­hero arena, and faith­fully por­tray­ing its main char­ac­ter with­out the re­sults feel­ing to­tally ridicu­lous on-screen.

Finds some­thing new to say in the su­per­hero arena

Extras One com­men­tary fea­tures Reynolds and the writ­ers, while the other has di­rec­tor Miller and Dead­pool co-cre­ator Rob Liefeld in a slightly more back-slap­ping but still in­for­ma­tion-rich track that, thanks to Liefeld, boasts some meaty Marvel in­sight. Mak­ing Of “From Comics To Screen… To Screen” runs for an hour and 20 min­utes, and ex­am­ines the film in foren­sic de­tail, cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from the char­ac­ter’s comic book ori­gins to the ef­fects work. It’s sat­is­fy­ingly warts-and-all, per­haps only skip­ping over any ten­sion with Fox about whether the movie should be made at all.

Nearly 20 min­utes of deleted/ ex­tended scenes (with op­tional Tim Miller com­men­tary) run the gamut from tiny slices taken out (mostly more of Dead­pool in­sult­ing or hurt­ing peo­ple) to whole se­quences such as “Cancer World Tour” that you’ll wish they’d in­cluded. Then there’s the gag reel, which show­cases im­prov master TJ Miller’s nigh-on su­per­nat­u­ral abil­ity to come up with al­ter­nate lines, “Dead­pool’s Fun Sack”, which in­cludes all the trail­ers and fun vi­ral mar­ket­ing that dom­i­nated the in­ter­net be­fore the film ar­rived, and char­ac­ter bi­ogra­phies and art­work gal­leries (which in­clude some pre-vi­su­al­i­sa­tion videos).

If there’s one thing missing – and it’s prob­a­bly for le­gal rea­sons – it’s the test footage that helped get the film made af­ter the project got stuck in limbo at the studio, but there is at least a glimpse of it, and some dis­cus­sion, dur­ing the Mak­ing Of. Buy the DVD, in­ci­den­tally, and you only get the gag reel and the “Fun Sack”.

Dead­pool: highly pro­tec­tive of his car park­ing space.

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